General Questions

+ How do I know which service is best for me?

Where are you at in your writing journey? We have programs to help you at any stage - whether you're just starting out, stuck in the middle, or ready to pursue publication. Check out our homepage for quick navigation to each of our services.

+ Do I have a guarantee? How do I know I'll like Author Accelerator?

We offer a 7-day 100% money-back guarantee. If you're not blown away by your feedback and the program structure, we'll gladly refund your payment. This is extremely unlikely (check out our testimonials!), but rest assured that you'll get your money back if you're not totally satisfied.

+ Who will be reviewing and editing my work?

A dedicated, highly trained professional book coach hand-picked by Jennie Nash. All of our coaches have been trained on the editorial feedback system that Jennie developed, and hired for their ability to edit for mechanics, content, and flow, as well as their compassion toward writers. Our goal is to have the same coach work with you week by week and month by month. With vacations and unforeseeable situations, that could change, of course, but we work hard to avoid that. Meet our coaches!

+ What is your privacy policy concerning my manuscript? How do I know my material is protected?

Every professional editor works on the assumption that the writer owns the execution of their ideas. To do otherwise would be reckless and unconscionable. Copyright does not protect an idea, though; it protects the execution of that idea. A thousand writers could be writing about Abraham Lincoln or the zombie apocalypse or a haunted bullet train, but each of their stories would be different. So you can never really say that someone stole an idea, or used your idea. You can, of course, argue if someone literally steals your executed pages — and published writers report this as a problem with pirated material — but that is a very different thing than protecting an idea. No member of the Author Accelerator staff will ever use the execution of another writer's idea in any capacity without consent.

Blueprint for a Book

+ I've already started writing my manuscript. Is Blueprint for a Book still for me?

It can be extremely helpful, no matter where you are in the writing process, to analyze your book and see whether there are weak spots, holes, or elements that need solidifying. You can then go back to your draft and shore those up, knowing that you can write forward with confidence. We will warn, though, that you could end up finding that your story needs a major overhaul – we've seen it happen many times. That can be very difficult for some writers to accept, so if you don't feel open to that possibility, this might not be the best program for you. We would suggest working with one of our book coaches in our Weekly Book Coaching program instead, which will allow you to keep up the writing momentum and finish your draft.

+ I haven't written a single page. Is Blueprint for a Book for me?

Absolutely! That's what Blueprint for a Book is designed to do – get you started!

+ What comes after I do Blueprint for a Book?

If you enjoyed the weekly feedback and are ready to begin writing your book, you can smoothly transition into Weekly Book Coaching. The programs are set to flow right into one another, but you're also welcome to take a break – a month, minimum – between them if need be. Just email us at contact@authoraccelerator.com.

Weekly Book Coaching

+ How does the membership work?

Think of your Author Accelerator membership like a gym membership. You pay a flat fee each month for access to your coach. At the Advanced level, your membership gets you one round of feedback a week from your personal book coach, and you are allowed to send them up to 10 pages each week. At the Pro level, your membership gets you one round of feedback a week from your coach on submissions of no more than 20 pages, as well as unlimited back and forth communication with them to brainstorm or talk through their suggestions.

Our philosophy is that, if you pay for a membership each month, aren't you more likely to meet your deadlines, to get the most of out it? Of course! Our fixed monthly payments are designed to keep you writing, making your book stronger and getting the most out of your membership with us.

Unfortunately, if you aren't able to meet the maximum page count for your submissions (10 for Advanced, 20 for Pro), the remaining pages cannot be rolled over into the next month. Don't worry, though! Those page counts are simply guidelines. Any progress is good progress in our book!

+ What is the difference between the Advanced and Pro levels?

The Pro level of book coaching allows you to work more closely with your book coach than the Advanced level does. You can choose to submit up to 20 pages a week (double that of the Advanced level), get more in-depth feedback from your book coach on a set of 10 pages, or get more frequent communication with your book coach during the week. No matter what, a stronger commitment to your book will give you a much more polished draft at the end of the program.

+ Can I see an example of the kind of editing my book coaching would be doing?

Of course! Just click here to download a sample edit.

+ Can I send in more pages than my weekly limit?

You have the option of purchasing up to 10 extra pages a week. You can do this on an as-needed basis. The purchase button appears in your submission-day calendar invitation.

If you want to write at a faster clip consistently, you can sign up for the Pro or Premium levels of book coaching and let your coach know you'd like to choose the option to submit up to 20 (Pro) or 30 (Premium) pages a week.

If you want to submit fewer pages than the page limit on any given week, that's just fine. Some weeks are like that — and we applaud forward momentum of any kind! The price remains the same for any amount of pages fewer than the limit.

+ Why only 10 pages?

If a reader isn't immediately grabbed by the story (the real story, the whole story) in the first 10 pages, they're never going to get to page 50. You can't hook your reader by what happens in Chapter 12 or 25 or 37. You have to hook them from the start and at every point throughout. One of the things an editor looks for is that engagement with your audience.

Some insider info: An agent will usually read less than FIVE pages before making a decision. You have to hook them fast!

The Weekly Book Coaching program is designed to be an affordable way for writers who feel fairly strong about their book structure to get chapter-by-chapter feedback, either as they are writing an initial draft or as they are working on a revision. We can do a lot of good work going 10 pages at a time. Sometimes that work involves ripping things apart and putting them back together — which can be a frustrating process, to be sure. But again, it has proved very useful for writers who have never had the experience of working with a professional editor.

If you're thinking that you would like a book coach to read your entire manuscript from start to finish and provide insight on the overall story before you dig in to fixing it, click here for more information.

+ Do I have to decide which option of the Pro level I want and then stick with it the entire time I'm getting coaching?

Not at all! You can choose which option – up to 20 pages for review, more in-depth feedback on a set of up to 10 pages, or more communication with your book coach – is best for you in any given week. Discuss with your coach what you'd like for the upcoming week so that they know what to expect.

+ Who will be reviewing and editing my work?

A dedicated, highly trained professional book coach hand-picked by Jennie Nash. All of our book coaches have been trained on the editorial feedback system that Jennie developed, and hired for their ability to edit for mechanics, content, and flow, as well as their compassion toward writers. Our goal is to have the same book coach work with you week by week and month by month. With vacations and unforeseeable situations, that could change, of course, but we work hard to avoid that. Meet our coaches!

+ What can I expect to receive from my book coach?

One of our book coaches will look over the pages you submit each week and offer both developmental (big-picture) editing and detailed suggestions right on the page. Edits could be as broad as restructuring a scene or working on dialogue, or as small as clarifying pronoun usage. Your feedback will always be a mixture of both.

Now keep in mind that your book coach won't be making line-by-line comments on your work. That would be overwhelming for both of you, and is more in line with what a one-on-one, private book coach might do. We try each week to pick out the most important elements to focus on, since this isn't an intensive line-editing or proofreading service.

+ What if I miss a weekly deadline?

Never fear – life happens! If you ever think you'll be late submitting your work, just email your book coach letting them know they shouldn't expect your submission at the normal time. If you think you just need a few hours to get it done, ask them if they can accommodate you submitting it up to a day late. Any later than that, though, and we enter no man's land where submissions are lost and coaches start going crazy. So if that's the case, just hold your work until your next submission day.

Also, realize that accountability is a big part of the value of the program. If you miss a submission deadline, you can expect an email from your coach asking for your pages. With Accelerator, you have to hit your deadlines (just like working with a publisher).

And always remember that the 72-hour window for receiving feedback starts when you hit the "send" button.

+ Can I pause my membership?

Think of Author Accelerator like a gym membership for your book. If you pay for a membership each month, aren't you more likely to go to the gym to get the most of out it? Of course! Our fixed monthly payments are designed to keep you writing, making your book stronger and getting the most out of your membership with us.

To keep with the gym metaphor: While you can pause your coaching program, you can only do so for a month at a time. We don't want you falling into a trap of taking short breaks — that sounds more like procrastination. And we're all about accountability!

Of course, we know life is crazy and unpredictable, and we understand if something comes up that needs to be a priority over your writing. You can pause your program for a minimum of one month and come back whenever you're ready, at exactly where you left off in your rough draft. And we won't take your money during the break.

+ What happens after I finish my rough draft?

Options, options, options!

Option 1: You can choose to revise your draft in the same way you wrote it with us – with weekly editorial feedback. You can choose to stay with the same book coach, or work with someone new for a fresh perspective on your book. If you decide you'd rather not continue with accountability and feedback and want to go your own way to revise, that's fine too, of course. We would understand, and the pain would subside eventually.

Option 2: We offer a full-manuscript edit or evaluation, where one of our book coaches reviews your rough draft front to back and makes structural and developmental suggestions and edits. This can be done before or after you go through the revision process (or both!) For more information, click here.

Option 3: Our Pitch Track program helps you prepare your manuscript for showing off to literary agents. You will research agents, create a book proposal, and draft queries, as well as prepare a pitch designed for writing conferences. For more information, click here.

Manuscript Evaluations

+ How many pages can I have reviewed?

Our evaluations are priced by tier:

  • Up to 100 pages – $299
  • Up to 200 pages – $349
  • Up to 300 pages – $399

+ What kind of feedback will I receive?

Your book coach will use our Author Accelerator 10-point checklist to evaluate your manuscript and offer suggestions. They'll look for things like narrative drive, tone and voice, dialogue, mechanics, and the "why" behind your characters' motivations or the point of your book. You will receive a 2- to 3-page summary of their biggest findings and suggestions for how to move forward and strenghten your manuscript.

+ How long will it take to get feedback?

It depends on the number of pages you've submitted:

  • Up to 100 pages – 2 weeks
  • Up to 200 pages – 2-3 weeks
  • Up to 300 pages – 3-4 weeks

+ Can I ask questions about my feedback?

Unfortunately, a manuscript evaluation doesn't include time to talk with your book coach about their feedback – that's by design so that we can keep the cost low. If you're interested in more back and forth with your coach, check out our Manuscript Edits or Weekly Book Coaching. The edit includes a phone call with your book coach after you receive their feedback, and the coaching allows for ongoing email communication with your book coach.

Manuscript Edits

+ How many pages can I have reviewed and what is the price?

As many as you like! The price is $5 per page.

+ What kind of feedback will I receive?

Your book coach will use our Author Accelerator 10-point checklist to evaluate your manuscript and offer suggestions. They'll look for things like narrative drive, tone and voice, dialogue, mechanics, and the "why" behind your characters' motivations or the point of your book. You will receive in-line comments on specific sections of your book, as well as a comprehensive summary of its strengths and weaknesses. Your coach will also include suggestions for how to move forward and strengthen your manuscript. You'll have the chance to talk with your coach by phone after you receive their feedback to ask them any questions.

+ How long will it take to get feedback?

It depends on the number of pages you've submitted, but we aim to return all feedback in 5-6 weeks.

+ Can I ask questions about my feedback?

Yes! You can ask your book coach any questions you have about their feedback after you review it. The manuscript edit comes with one follow-up email exchange (one email from you with your questions, and one response from your coach with their answers) OR a phone call (approximately 1 hour). You can let us know which method you'd like to use. If you'd like ongoing email communication with your book coach, we recommend our weekly book coaching program.

Other Questions

+ Can I advertise with Author Accelerator?

Yes! We are now taking advertising submissions for our newsletter. Contact jade@authoraccelerator.com for more information.

+ Do you accept guest posts at Author Accelerator?

We are always delighted to feature guests on our blog. Contact us at contact@authoraccelerator.com to pitch your post!

+ Are you looking for any partnerships at Author Accelerator?

We have very strict policies on who we partner with but we're always willing to hear a pitch! Contact us at contact@authoraccelerator.com to get the ball rolling.